Elephant Poaching On Rise in Chaos-Hit Central African Republic
Elephant poachers are taking advantage of the chaos in Central African Republic to hunt down the animals in protected wildlife areas and openly sell their meat in village markets, campaigners said on Friday [26 Apr 2013].
The killings were part of a wider surge in poaching, fuelled by growing Asian demand for ivory, that threatened the region’s entire elephant population, eight organizations said.
Impoverished but mineral-rich Central African Republic was plunged into turmoil in March when rebels charged into the capital and ousted President Francois Bozize.
Bandits and rebel fighters continue to roam large parts of the remote country, aid groups say.
The World Wildlife Fund said its offices in the protected Dzanga-Sangha area had been looted three times in the past month and it had pulled out staff.
“The situation is really quite dangerous,” said the WWF’s head of policy in the region, Bas Huijbregts.
Dzanga-Sangha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to 3,400 forest elephants, smaller than their cousins on the African savannah with straighter, slimmer tusks.
The WWF said it and other campaigners had “received alarming reports from their field operations that elephants are being slaughtered in the violence-ridden Central African Republic (CAR)… initial reports indicate it may be extensive.”
Eight conservation organizations working in the Congo Basin met in Brazzaville to propose ways for governments to tackle the rampant poaching, which claims an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 African elephants each year.
The groups, who also included the African Parks Network, TRAFFIC and the Wildlife Conservation Society, called on the African countries to build up their links with China and Thailand, two of Asia’s biggest ivory importers, to find a solution to the crisis.
Representatives from the region’s governments will meet next week to discuss the proposals.
Rhinos have already been hunted to extinction in the region due to demand for their horns for Asian medicinal concoctions.
(Editing by Richard Valdmanis and Andrew Heavens)
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